He was 10 years old. Dark eyes, dark hair. He was as beautiful as the fire he'd come out of. No one wanted to adopt him when they found out he was dyslexic. A lot of people promised, but they gave up. And he got used to being alone at Christmas, on his birthday. He said he'd be a mother when he grew up. Here's another couple. They probably want flawless kids. They look at me and go. The next day the couple came straight to him. Would you like to go with us? I'm dyslexic. We know. We are not here to make you promises, we're here to pick you up. He became a paediatrician.

(Translated by Cristina-Nicoleta Costache (Mircea) / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In December 2022, the group has 9,880 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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